separate wheat from chaff

separate wheat from chaff

Sort the valuable from the worthless, as in I hope we'll get a preview of the auction so we can separate the wheat from the chaff. This idiom alludes to the ancient practice of winnowing grain.
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Together, these search and discovery tools provide researchers with a quick way to separate wheat from chaff, and to find relevant papers in areas and topics that previously might not have occurred to them.
Being part of an even larger network of detectors would also help the instruments separate wheat from chaff and triangulate on celestial sources.
But while the book under review may be of some value for more advanced students of early modern magical thought, readers will need a good deal of scholarly discrimination to separate wheat from chaff.
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